FLORIDA WEATHER ALERT

Sep 6, 2017

UPDATE: Hurricane Irma has passed through Florida. Most of the state has escaped relatively unscathed. Recovery efforts are underway to affected areas. Please check with your vacation rental owner if you are expecting to travel to the southern part of the state. We look forward to hosting you in sunny Florida soon and thank you for your support. 

FLORIDA WEATHER ALERT - As of Sunday, Sept 10th at 12:00 pm, much of Florida is experiencing the effects of Hurricane Irma. The storm will be moving up the west coast of the state over the next 24 hours. A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Fernandina Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to Indian Pass, as well as for the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from west of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton county line and from north of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River. Also, a Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet and from North Miami Beach southward around the Fliorida peninsula to the Ochlockonee River, as well as for the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay. Visitors are encouraged to continue to monitor the storm path using the official source links below and to heed any evacuation orders or notices issued, which can be found at floridadisaster.org.

Visitors are encouraged to use the following official source links below to monitor and track the storm. Please follow all local and state government directives. 

While we continue to update this page regularly, please be aware that information could change hourly.

Below are links to official sources that will allow you to keep up with the latest changes.

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration provides up to date official hurricane tracking including warnings and watches:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 

Florida Disaster is the Division of Emergency Management and provides all emergency information by the Florida State Government:   http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp

The Florida Division of Emergency Management provides evacuation zone information and maps: http://www.floridadisaster.org/publicmapping/

LIVE TRAFFIC INFORMATION 

Up to date, live traffic information can be found on Florida 511 website link:  https://fl511.com/

CURRENT TRAVEL SAFETY INFORMATION

Hurricane Irma Travel Updates

  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is holding teleconferences with districts and agency partners such as the Army Corps of Engineers, Water Management Districts, and Federal Highway Administration to ensure all infrastructure needs are met.
  • FDOT will continue to reach out to county emergency operations centers directly to coordinate any necessary response actions, including activating traffic counters, providing local evacuation support and providing maintenance of traffic and other assistance.
  • Governor Scott has rescinded all weight and driver restrictions for highways so water, food, fuel and emergency supplies can be quickly brought to Florida. 
  • Governor Scott has directed FDOT to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. By suspending all tolls, Floridians and visitors will more easily be able to prepare for any potential storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies, and quickly and safely evacuate when necessary.
  • The Florida Emergency Information Line has been activated and is available 24/7 for residents and visitors at 1-800-342-3557. 
  • Follow @FLSert or @FLGovScott on Twitter for live updates on Hurricane Irma.
  • Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org to find information on shelters, weather updates, and evacuation routes.
  • For road closures, see Florida 511 at http://www.fl511.com/.
  • For FAA major airport status, see http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/semap.jsp.
  • For statewide power outages, see map.
  • For gas availability, see Gas Buddy at https://www.gasbuddy.com/.
  • For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, please visit Xfinity.com/wifi.
  • Evacuation Notices and Orders: Alachua - voluntary. Baker - voluntary. Bay - voluntary. Bradford - voluntary. Brevard - mandatory for Zone A, Merritt Island, barrier islands, and some low lying mainland areas along Indian River Lagoon beginning Friday PM. Broward - voluntary mobile homes and low-lying areas beginning Wednesday 12 PM; mandatory East of Federal Highway including barrier islands beginning Thursday 12 PM. Charlotte - Red Zone A and Orange Zone B beginning on Thursday. Citrus - mandatory west of Hwy 19 and 1/2 mile east of Hwy 98 excluding Sugarmill Woods, including all of the City of Crystal River, all low-lowing areas and anyone residing in mobile homes, manufactured homes, and all unsafe structures beginning Friday PM. Clay - mandatory beginning Saturday at 6 AM Zones A, B, C, low-lying residents, modular and mobile homes. Collier - mandatory for Goodland, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, all mobile homes beginning on Friday PM. Columbia - voluntary. Desoto - voluntary for low-lying areas, mobile homes, and RV parks. Dixie - mandatory - all residents. Duval - mandatory Evacuation of Zones A and B, Friday AM. Flagler - mandatory for nursing homes, all varieties of assisted living facilities, and community residential group homes within coastal and Intracoastal areas and voluntary for zones A, B, C, F beginning on Thursday; mandatory for Zones A,B,C,F, and substandard housing beginning on Saturday AM. Glades - manadatory areas around Lake Okeechobee (Lakeport, Moorehaven, Washington Park, Benbow, and Uncle Joe's Motel and Campground), Zone A, mobile homes, RV parks, buildings constructed before 1992 beginning on Thursday PM. Gulf - mandatory for visitors, RVs, and north of Stump Hole, volunatary for mobile homes. Hardee - voluntary low-lying areas, mobile homes, and structures. Hendry - mandatory - low-lying areas, non slab-built homes, mobile homes, trailers and RVs, manadatory areas near Lake Okeechobee (Clewiston, Hookers Point, Harlem, Flaghole, Montura Ranch Estates, Mid-County MSBU which inlcudes Ladeca, Pioneer Plantation and Leon-Dennis Subdivision, Al Don Farming Road) beginning Friday. Hernando - mandatory west of US 19. Highlands - voluntary for low areas, and mobile/manufactured homes. Hillsborough - voluntary for special needs in Zone A. Indian River - barrier islands, manufactured homes, low-lying areas, sub-standard housing, all areas east of US 1 for Thursday voluntary for Thursday and mandatory for Saturday. Jefferson - voluntary for mobile homes and low-lying areas beginning on Saturday. Lake - voluntary - Consider Astor and Lake George areas. Lee - Zone A and B. Leon - voluntary effective immediately until Sunday, September 10 at 8 PM at which time residents should shelter-in-place until winds subside. Manatee - voluntary for Zone A and mobile homes. Martin - voluntary as of Wednesday; mandatory for barrier islands, manufactured homes, and low lying areas beginning Saturday AM. Miami-Dade - mandatory evacuation of Zones A and B beginning on Wednesday PM/Thursday PM; additional portions of Zone C south of Coral Way. Monroe - mandatory for visitors beginning Wednesday 7 AM, mandatory for residents beginning Wednesday 7 PM. Okeechobee - voluntary. Orange - mandatory- all mobile homes. Osceola - voluntary - Residents in low-lying areas or in modular and mobile homes are officially advised to evacuate to safer accommodations, including shelters or staying with family or friends. Palm Beach - mandatory for Zone A and B, voluntary for Zone C and Lake Zone E (Canal Point, Belle Glade, and Pahokee) beginning Wednesday PM. Pasco - mandatory beginning 10 AM Friday -- west of US 19; north of Fox Hollow Drive west of Little Road, south of Fox Hollow Drive, west of Regency Park Blvd/Rowan Road/Seven Springs Blvd; special needs residents, mobile homes, RVs, and low-lying areas; voluntary for residents south of Fox Hollow Drive to south county line between Regency Park Blvd/Rowan Road/Seven Springs Blvd, and Little road beginning Friday at 6 PM. Pinellas - mandatory all mobile home and Zone A. Polk - voluntary. Sarasota - mandatory - Zone A (Longboat, Lido, Siesta, Casey Key, Manasota Key, Venice Island), all mobile homes; voluntary Zone B. Seminole - mandatory Satuday 12 PM-Mobile and Manufactured homes. St. Lucie - mandatory north and south Hutchinson Island, low-lying areas, manufactured homes. Sumter - mandatory Evacuations are ordered beginning 8:00 am Saturday morning for those who live in a low-lying or flood prone area, and those living in mobile or manufactured homes. Taylor - mandatory Level A coastal and low-lying areas beginning Saturday AM. Volusia - Friday 5 PM mandatory - this evacuation is for residents on the beachside, in low-lying areas, and in RVs, mobile and manufactured homes. Wakulla - mandatory south of US 98, south of US 319 segment near Sopchoppy, mobile homes and low-lying areas. Additional evacuations are expected and all residents and visitors should pay close attention to local alerts and follow the directions of local emergency management officials. KNOW YOUR ZONE - For additional information on evacuation zones and evacuation routes, please visit HERE.

Information Courtesy of Visit Florida - Florida Rental By Owners Partner